After that night Loki finds Tony staying over much more often. When Loki's parents are away, he'll come through the front door and ask if it's alright for him to stay the night, Loki of course lets him. When Odin and Frigga are home, Tony gets used to climbing through the window via the large oak tree next to Loki's window.
Loki asks him why he needs to stay so much and Tony shows him his arm, littered with bruises that look far too much like fingers for Loki to just let it go.
"Is Howard doing this to you?" He asks seriously, watching Tony cover the bruises with his shirt sleeve again.
Tony doesn't say anything, only nods and Loki holds him, lets him sit there and have the feeling of being wanted because Tony really needs it.
One morning in mid-July, Tony wakes up and sees Loki's arm laid out across his chest, exposed. Exposing the scars on his wrist. Tony shakes him awake and demands to know what they're from and Loki tells him, no use hiding it any longer. Tony kisses him and tells him that what Odin thinks isn't worth putting yourself through that. And Loki believes him. He believes him so much that he vows to never take the blade to his wrist again.
They spend almost all their time together for the remainder of the summer, hiding it well from their parents and once school starts again they claim they're studying together. Thor starts to accept them more, and he includes them both when they go out with Clint, Steve, Natasha, and Bruce. It's nice and Loki wishes he could just capture this moment forever and never let it get away.
Tenth grade goes well for him, and Tony's junior year is nothing but extravagant. They don't fall apart like Loki was expecting them too. In fact they grow closer and closer together, and when Tony digs his hands up Loki's shirt at night Loki tells him he's not ready, he wants to wait. Tony doesn't question it one bit.
Loki's sitting in chemistry, doodling on his notebook when he realizes that he really doesn't want time to go anymore, he just wants to sit back and enjoy it like this forever.